FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - MAY 12: Travian Robertson #92 practices with Jonathan Massaquoi #86 of the Atlanta Falcons during the rookie minicamp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility on May 12, 2012 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
The second day of Falcons rookie camp provided some good insight to a few questions about the depth chart. Coach Smith had some interesting comments in his post practice interview, and several issues have already been addressed.
I was fortunate enough to be on the field at Flowery Branch for this one. Even though it's still way too early to tell who will make the roster this year, a couple guys are making a case for a spot right away.
Here were the highlights:
- Jonathan Massaquoi has slimmed down a bit. He played at 275 lbs. in 2011, but he's down to 259-260 right now, which was his weight in 2010. He recorded 13.5 sacks two years ago, so this new look isn't an accident. You can find the full story here.
- James Rodgers, Cody Pearcy and Marcus Jackson all took part in returning punts and catching balls shot out of the jugs machine. However, Smitty said, "Dominique Franks and Harry Douglas, those are the two guys right now that would probably be the leading candidates to return punts." Take that for what it's worth.
- Dominique Davis showed some skill under center. He was making solid throws with nice touch on the ball at times. At 6'3", 210 lbs. he has good size and what looked like a decent arm. No. 3 QB?
- There is plenty of competition at wide receiver. Kenny Stafford made two great catches falling to the ground, showing good body control. Drew Davis worked the sideline well, having no problem dragging that second foot in a few times while being forced out.
- Kevin Cone was impressive, and his size and speed, along with his year of experience should make him a front-runner for a roster spot.
- Cody Pearcy is tiny (yes, I watched the receivers a lot). He's only 160 lbs. at the moment. Bulk this kid up. He ran good short routes, something he'll likely stick to.
- Charles Mitchell picked a ball off. He looks comfortable in the secondary, making the right checks, locating the ball well.
- Lamar Holmes is a mammoth. He wasn't practicing due to his hurt left foot, but wow he's large.
- Being a specialist is dull work. The Falcons have two long snappers, two kickers and one punter at camp. They stood off to the side for a fair amount of practice. Boring.
Stay tuned for more action from Sunday's minicamp.